Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989 and is chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group and a board member of NHS Clinical Commissioners. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, with more than 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health. He is governor of a local primary school and was one of the founders of THEDOC – Tower Hamlets GP Out of Hours Service. Sam was knighted for services to primary care in the Queen's New Year Honours, 2015.
Sam is a qualified barrister and a member of BMA Council. In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care and in 2006, the International Award of Excellence in Health Care. He is a director of Community Health Partnerships (NHS Lift) and has published a number of papers with Professor Aneez Esmail on discrimination in the NHS.
He has previously been a member of GMC Council, Cabinet appointed Ambassador for Social Enterprise and Acting Chair of the BMA.